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Radio Event:
No. 23: Chrysanthemum Chameleon

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 44 min
Event Type: Inter-Media / Visual Arts Program Origin: KPFA

One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory, Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. In this, the 23rd program in the series, Alex Dea and a group of 25 singers, invited the listening audience of KPFA to come to the studio, or gather at their home with friends and with the radio on, and join them in an evening of meditative chanting. In “Piece I” everyone was instructed to sing at their lowest note and gradually move to their highest note using any vowel sounds starting with “Z” (Za, Zay, Zee, etc...). “Piece II” started with “OM”, then moved to rhythmic repetitions of syllables beginning with “CH” (Chak, Chawk, Cha, Chee, etc...), and then more rhythmic repetitions of syllables starting with the letter “D”. The end result was a calming, consciousness raising, event that united listeners across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Musical Selections:  Piece I (6:14) -- Piece II (27:28)
Genre:  Interactive Art
Subject:  Participatory art; Interactive art; Audience participation radio programs ; Music for meditation; Choruses; Vocalises
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Dea, Alexander
Recording Date:  6/7/1973
First Broadcast Date:  6/7/1973
 
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